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Martin Best: Desdemonalisa

Martin Best: Desdemonalisa (EMI EMC 3281)

Martin Best
EMI EMC 3281 (LP, UK, 1979)

Stopwatch Song / She Was Beautiful (Cavatina)
Martin Best
EMI (single, UK, 1979)

Produced by Rick Kemp;
Recorded by Jerry Boys at Sawmills Studios 18-30 July 1978;
Arranged by John O’Connor;
Cover photograph: Tony Russell


Martin Best: vocals, 12-string acoustic guitar [1, 4, 8, 12], classical guitar [3, 10-11], lute [5];
Martin Best, Maddy Prior, Sarah Deco, Chris Gayle, Graham Lister, Alan Hodge, John Kirkpatrick, Rick Kemp, John O’Connor: vocals [6];
Sarah Deco, John Kirkpatrick, Rick Kemp, John O’Connor: backing vocals;
Alan Hodge: electric guitar [2];
John O’Connor: electric guitar [2];
Rick Kemp: electric guitar [2];
Eric Best: classical guitar [3, 7, 10-11];
John Kirkpatrick: accordion [7, 10];
Georgia Best: recorder [8];
Peter Knight: violin [8-9];
Graham Lister: pedal steel guitar [8, 12];
Pete Wingheld: brass band arrangement [8];

The band [1-2, 4, 7-10, 12]:
Alan Eden: drums, percussion;
Dave Quinn: bass;
Alan Hodge: electric and acoustic guitars;
Pete Wingfield: piano, Fender Rhodes, Clavinet synthesisers


Side 1

  1. Desdemonalisa
  2. Whatever Happened to Dionne Warwick?
  3. She Was Beautiful (Cavatina)
  4. Ever Ready
  5. Galliard
  6. Precious Memories

Side 2

  1. St. Tropez
  2. Here There and Everywhere
  3. Stopwatch Song
  4. Maudie
  5. So We’ll Go No More a-Roving
  6. Do You Remember ’69?

All tracks by Martin Best except
Track 3 Stanley Myers, Cleo Laine;
Track 5 Anthony Holborne arr. Martin Best;
Track 6 trad. arr. John O’Connor;
Track 8 John Lennon, Paul McCartney;
Track 11 words Lord Byron, music Martin Best


Thanks to Alistair Banfield and to Rod Smyth’s Martin Best website for the record information.